Alexander Zverev vs. Ernests Gulbis
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 21, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Tennis Club de Genève
The Line: Zverev -361 / Gulbis +319 -- Over/Under:
Alexander Zverev and Ernests Gulbis meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Geneva Open.
Alexander Zverev continues to struggle, as he enters this tournament losing eight of his last 13 matches. Zverev is coming off a loss in Rome where he won 60 percent of his total service points, was broken four times and had six double faults. Zverev is just not hitting the ball well to say the least and you can se the confidence is shaken. Once Zverev has a poor game or is reminded of his struggles, the match starts to get away from him rather quickly. The good news for Zverev is that there’s a chance here to turn things around, and he needs to take advantage of this opportunity with the French Open a week away. Zverev has split his last six matches on clay court.
Ernests Gulbis is coming off a straight sets win over Yoshihito Nishioka that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Gulbis won 68 percent of his first serve points and 38 percent of his second serve points. Gulbis won 54 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 15 break points. Gulbis got a much needed win considering he entered this tournament on a 10-match losing streak when you throw in qualifying matches. Gulbis is one of those players who is naturally gifted and when he’s got it going, he can compete with anybody. The problem is Gulbis has been in a major slump these past few months. Gulbis looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Pune back in early January. Gulbis has 19 carer wins over top-10 players, two of those wins came last year. Gulbis has lost five of his last six matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2018 Wimbledon, a match Gulbis won in five sets. The match took 60 games to be decided.
Gulbis can win this match if he brings his shotmaking to the table and limits his unforced errors. Zverev is not a player anybody should be excited to get behind given his current form and nothing surprises me anymore. The good news for Zverev is that Gulbis isn’t playing any better and is actually playing worse than the German. If Zverev can’t take advantage of this opportunity and build momentum heading into the French Open, the problems are bigger than we originally thought.
I’ll side with Zverev.